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South East Creatives

South East Creatives is a business development programme, supporting growing creative practices working in Essex, East Sussex and Kent.

The programme is for creative, cultural or digital businesses, looking to cultivate their skills and broaden their professional network. Businesses and sole traders can opt for one of the following:

To apply for any of the above please fill in the eligibility form.


South East Creatives events in Folkestone

Creative Folkestone/South East Creatives Facebook Live Sessions

Join us from the comfort and safety of your own home for Facebook live sessions with people working in the creative and digital industries. Click here to visit our Facebook page.

Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions

Facebook Live with Nikky Lyle
Wednesday 20 May | 10am

Nikky Lyle is a Creative Recruiter as well as a mentor, and president judge for D&AD and Kerning the Gap. She currently runs her own Graphic Designer recruitment business and has previous experience hiring employees for her last company, Nurture Creatives.

On Wednesday 20th May at 10am on the Creative Folkestone Facebook page Nikky will be doing a 10 minute Facebook Live Takeover:  '10 points in 10 minutes about creating your CV and portfolio’. 

This talk is particularly for creative freelancers who are trying to find work or are planning to use this time to get your CV or portfolio up to date.

You can find out more about Nikky on her website or follow her on LinkedIn or Instagram:


Facebook Live with Paul Williamson 
Wednesday 27 May | 10am

Realising your brand capital  

Paul Williamson is the leader of the award-winning international B2B integrated agency, Realia Marketing. Having worked with global organisations on defining their brands, he is well placed to provide insight and intelligence on how to maximise the value of your brand.

Paul will discuss how to realise a compelling and valuable brand proposition by asking four simple questions: What you do, Who you do it for, How you do it and The outcomes you deliver. If there is time, he will also discuss the key headlines in any actionable and measurable communications plan.

You can find out more about Paul and his agency here:

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Previous Facebook Live Sessions

Facebook Live with Lorriane Smith and Jo Wynn-Carter


Lorraine Smith, a member of the FHDC Economic Development team, and Jo Wynn-Carter from Retail Inspired share details of tailored support programmes available for small independent businesses and sole traders in the local area. 

You can find out more FHDC business support here:

Click here to see all the Facebook Live videos

We are constantly monitoring government advice and will only go ahead with future onsite events if deemed safe to do so. Please keep an eye on this page for updates.

About South East Creatives

Businesses in the creative, cultural and digital sectors are being encouraged to take advantage of a new £5.1million grants and support programme.

The South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Programme (SECCADS) is an ambitious programme, led by Thurrock Council and running across Essex, Kent and East Sussex.

Between now and December 2020, it aims to help more than 370 companies and sole-traders with business support or match-funded grants of up to £20,000, contributing a major boost to the creative economy in the South East.

Grants awarded under the scheme can be used to fund both capital and revenue projects, including equipment, plant and machinery costs, salary costs towards a new role, supporting initial rent for new premises, funding the cost of purchasing patents, IT software and much more.

The business support element of the programme has been awarded to Space Studios - a well-established organisation supporting the creative industry. Space is developing a programme tailored to meet the specific needs of creative businesses in the South East.

The programme will be supported by established local cultural hubs at Creative Folkestone, Resort Studios in Margate, Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne and De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, as well as by partners based in Thurrock, Southend and Colchester.

For more information and to find out whether you are eligible for this programme, please email

Click here to find out about the workshop and mentoring programme



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